The battle resumes in San Diego


1/12/2017

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The 2017 AMA Supercross season kicked off with a bang last weekend in Anaheim, Calif. for round one and this weekend the series will move down Interstate 5 to PetCo Park located in downtown San Diego. With few surprises, round one may have been a fairly solid predictor for what to expect for the remaining sixteen rounds of AMA Supercross.


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Perhaps the most predictable result of the first round was HRC Honda's Ken Roczen taking the main event win. Unstoppable all day, the only results the Honda rider didn't top was that of qualifying, where he was 5th for the combined sessions. Roczen pretty well ran away with the 450SX main event after snagging the holeshot. After that the rest were left to battle behind him, as his lead eventually stretched more 16 seconds - impressive.


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Similarly successful, but somewhat more unpredictable was 250SX West winner Shane McElrath. Having knocked on the door for wins over the past few seasons, McElrath now has the confidence he needs to make repeat visits to the top step. His win came against many others who were expected to make a showing at the first round. But the most talked about prospect for the win, Austin Forkner, went down hard during the main and was unable to deliver, but will return this weekend in San Diego with an answer.


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Getting a big holeshot always helps a rider's chances at win, but when Ken Roczen nabs it, it's usually game over for everyone else. Even though it's plain to see that every rider immediately behind the 94 in this shot are also top-tier 450SX class riders, Roczen was still victorious.


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Full props must go out to Marvin Musquin who put in a well fought battle for the final step of the podium. He battled back and forth with teammate Ryan Dungey in 2nd before folding. But the Frenchman was still able to hold off his training partner Jason Anderson until the checkers.  


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Starting out front, many thought Eli Tomac would put in a run to catch Roczen in first. But at the midway point it was clear that Tomac wasn't feeling it as Dungey, Musquin and Anderson got by him, with Cole Seely very close behind. Tomac later blamed the fade on arm pump and pledged to find a solution for round two this Saturday night.


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450SX class rookie and 2-time 250SX champ Cooper Webb did not come out as many had expected to at the opening round. Some suggest that Webb was playing it safe and smart start to what's hopefully, a long and productive 450SX career. While he was never up to speed and often found himself battling hard with riders, it was certain that he was frustrated with his performance. Poor starts certainly didn't help his situation either, as seen above. When there are riders such as Roczen, Dungey and Musquin already five bike lengths ahead of you into the first turn, incredible things have to happen for wins and podium finishes.


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This weekend's round two at PetCo Park in San Diego, Calif. is Military Appreciation Day. This includes unique one-off graphics and gear for many of the riders that reflects the industry's respect for the U.S. Military services - many of which have a major presence in and around the San Diego area. The track looks great and everyone is looking forward for the continuation of possibly one of the greatest seasons in the sport's history.

 

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